Kigali — CHINA and Rwanda expressed interest to strengthen their cooperation in agriculture and boost farmers’ productivity.
Rwanda’s Ministry of Agriculture, Dr Agnes Kalibata, said that the intended cooperation would see the introduction of crop varieties that had high yielding potential from China.
She said technology that Chinese firms would transfer to Rwandan farmers would increase productivity.
“We really want to work on increasing our productivity because we are a small country. So, each inch counts,” Minister Kalibata, said.
She said this after meeting a Chinese delegation that was in the country this week for a mission on Monitoring and Evaluation of the Agricultural Demonstration Centre.
Yang Yi, the president of Foreign Economic Cooperation Center, Ministry of Agriculture, Republic of China, led the delegation.
Yi said his country would keep strengthening the cooperation with Rwanda in agriculture sector.
“I think we will take these points into consideration for the future sustainable development,” he said.
The Chinese delegation visited Rwanda Agriculture Technology Demonstration Centre (RATDC), a Chinese body based in Huye district.
The center has been training Rwandan farmers in mushroom and rice production, soil conservation and sericulture.
The Rwandan and Chinese officials noted that they have been very impressed with the effect of the training centre.